|Nude with Pink Jacket, 1927, Balthus,|
the "tasteful nude" which got little notice.
|Balthus Portrait, Cartier-Bresson|
Klossowski was born on February 29, 1908. That's leap year day. Near the end of his life, he was fond of telling everyone that made him only 23. He died in 2001 at the age of 92. He lived with his Japanese wife, Setsuko Ideta, now in her mid-sixties and also a painter of some note. They lived in an old Chateau near the Swiss village of Rossiniere. The place is so big it use to be a hotel. Unlike many of his contemporaries, such as Dali, Picasso, Miro, and Matisse, he always tended to shun the limelight, often retreating into near obscurity, proud of the fact that he has never visited the United States, even to attend one of several retrospectives of his work here. If the name, Klossowski, doesn't ring a bell, maybe it's because he's come to be known simply as Balthus.
|The Street, 1933, Balthus|
|Joan Miro and His Daughter Delores,|
|Therese Dreaming, 1938, Balthus,|
not one of his adolescent nudes,
but you get the idea.